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Doctor insights on: Kawasaki Disease Medscape

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Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

No it is not: Kawasaki is an fever involving illness of childhood which leads to inflammation of medium-sized vessels in the body, most notably those contained within the heart. The cause of this illness is unknown but many believe that it is viral-mediated. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease?

What is kawasaki disease?

Serious illness: KD is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injection, cervical lymphadenitis, inflammation of the lips and oral cavity, and erythema and edema of the hands and feet. Coronary aneurysms develop in 25% of untreated children. It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the USA. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki disease contagious?

No. : Kd is not contagious, but there are environmental factors that may include infections, perhaps viral. Viral infections can of course can be passed from person to person. Therefore, kd occurs in clusters, but no one catches kd directly from another person. ...Read more

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Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Occasionally: Kawasaki disease can lead to most commonly a specific rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and specific changes to the lips/tongue and hands/feet. However, there are specific changes that can occur in the heart. Occasionally this may lead to a murmur, which is a specific sound of blood flowing through the heart. Most often, though, kawasaki disease causes heart inflammation without a murmur. ...Read more

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Is coronary heart disease an infectious disease?

Is coronary heart disease an infectious disease?

UNPROVEN: There has been concern regarding an infectious/inflammatory cause. However studies looking at this have not demonstrated an infectious cause. Inflammation appears to play a role but still a lot of work to be done in this area. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis causes: The answer to your question is "it may be" an auto-immune disorder. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. In addition, it may also be caused by infection with an alphavirus such as chikungunya virus and ross river virus. Ask your physician for more information in your instance. ...Read more

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Is paget's disease fatal?

Is paget's disease fatal?

Which?: Paget's disease of bone is a relatively benign and self-limited condition which can sometimes cause pain and in the worst case, deformity or fragility. But paget's disease of the breast is often a manifestation of an underlying breast cancer, which can certainly be fatal if untreated. ...Read more

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Is gaucher disease rare?

Is gaucher disease rare?

Uncommon: This genetic problem occurs in about one in 50, 000 to one in 100, 000 people. There are several types. One is more common in certain ethnic groups. ...Read more

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Lyme disease treatment?

Lyme disease treatment?

Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki diseases contagious?

Is kawasaki diseases contagious?

No: Kawasaki syndrome is a systemic vasculitis that is not spread person to person. It does occur in mini-epidemics and it occurs in siblings of affected patients more frequently than the general population suggesting a common exposure to an infectious agent as the trigger. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Rheumatic disease: In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection. Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Pan ( poly arteritis nodosa) is a disease of unknown cause.It affects small to medium sized arteries reducing or cutting off blood supply to organs . Men are affected more than women between ages of 30 to 50 . In 25% of patients hepatitis b or c infection is seen. Small and medium arteries are attacked by immune cells . It is immune mediated and exact cause is not known. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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